Beautiful Books 2 & Cobalt Takes a Tag

This is the reward I didn’t get around to posting because I only finished my word goal late at night. Anyway, the first of these is the Beautiful Books linkup, once again on Odd Team Out 2 (43 pages and 18,297 words in so far!) and the second is a tag I’ve already done. The questions don’t change and I already answered them, so I’m passing the baton to my character, Cobalt.


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Beautiful Books #2

  • Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?


It’s going pretty much how I thought it would, though a few events are longer than others and some elements sort of happened by themselves.

A mixture of both.


  • What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?


Please believe me when I say this does tie in to the rest of the story.


“What about a dinosaur, dynamite and a mine cart?” Cobalt pulled the pencil eraser out of his mouth and looked up at Jean.


“Hunter, gun and rabbit?”

“The gun would just beat them both. Stick with rock paper scissors, please.”

“No, no, no,” Cobalt put his hands on the table, dropping the pencil on Gilligan, who looked betrayed, “So the hunter beats the gun, because he controls it. The gun beats the rabbit because… well… that’s obvious.”

Jean raised an eyebrow, “But then how does the rabbit beat the hunter?”

Cobalt bit his lip and looked at the ceiling for a few seconds, “Rabies, maybe? There. The rabbit has rabies and infects the hunter.”

“That’s not immediate. The hunter would still shoot him.”

“Then try this. So the hunter his looking for the rabbit, which is in front of him, but the rabbit is sneaking around.” he gestured the elaborate map on the table between them, “He (the rabbit) throws a rock in the other direction, and while the hunter is distracted he sneaks up behind, jumps up and goes for the jugular.”

Cobalt grinned and smacked his metal-gloved hand on the table, “There! Now does the rabbit beat the hunter?”

Jean laughed and shook her head, “Sure it does.”

“Cool. Wanna play a few rounds?”

“You’ll just be the rabbit the whole time.”

“I might have a secret way that my rabbit can jam the gun…” Cobalt wiggled his eyebrows and smirked.

“No… then I’ll have Gilligan. And he’ll get them both.”

Gilligan barked at the door, not paying attention to either of them.

A knock at the door stopped the conversation. Jean stood.

“Come in.”


  • Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?


Plotter. I heard a great analogy the other day on The Very Serious Writing Show. Plotting is laying the train tracks for your story, working out the technicalities and blowing through all the mountains. Then you can start up the story train and have a fun, bump-free ride.

Really, that says it all. I’ve tried pantsing, but I write myself into a corner so fast it’s not even funny.


  • What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?


Well, posting this, for one. And playing my instruments. Fun stuff, internet or otherwise.


  • What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?


I only had one big naming thing that was hard so far. I mostly want names that are unusual, but not totally over-the-top with spelling and stuff. I don’t want my characters getting mixed up with “Oh, that other Sam in the book over there”. It would be too confusing.

Themes… the cyborgs have the cool names, mostly having to do with what their suits do. (They have other names but… psst… I don’t know what they are…)

There’s Magma, Blades, Frost, Comet, Jazz and Cobalt. They’re the main guys, but there are a couple of new guys as background cast.

I had my 5 year old brother make up one and the list of characteristics I was writing down for him cracked me up.

James (Zap)

Black cyborg suit with an X on it

Blonde hair

Blue eyes

Medium height


Likes grapes


Just look at those last 2 one more time. I love it. Zap has made a cameo with his grapes one time so far in the book.


  • What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?


Pff… I don’t know. Middle, I think. That’s where I have all my fun things I’ve been looking forward to. Honestly, the ending is giving me a headache.


  • Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?


Cobalt. Still. But a new guy I made is being really fun as well. Here’s a picture doodle I did before I started writing.

In case my handwriting is unreadable, the name is Wallace Jack, nicknamed Wally. He’s the technician for the cyborg squad and an ISTP. He’s just fun. Here’s his intro:

“… And that’s Wallace Jack, our technician.”

Wallace Jack had red hair, a stocking cap with a mini Mariners symbol and a brown, multi-pocketed jacket. What he lacked, strangely enough, was a cyborg suit. And the attention to notice that he was being introduced. He seemed absorbed and rather worried by something on his computer.

“Hey, Wally. Say hi.” Frost threw a roll off the table at Wallace’s head.

“Ow.” Wally tugged his hat down further over one ear, but still didn’t look up. “Hi, Frost.”

“No, not me. Jean.”

“M’kay. Hi, Jean.”

“Look up, please.” Frost threw another roll and Wally ducked.

“Fine,” he glanced up for a moment and recognition lit his eyes. “Oh, that Jean,”


  • What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)


Wikipedia is honestly pretty helpful. And the weirdest thing I’ve looked up was plutonium, though I decided immediately afterwards that I didn’t need it.


  • Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?


I shared pretty much the whole story idea beforehand with my siblings and they were quite a big help. My 10 year old brother solved about half my plot dilemmas for me, so that was nice. Though while actually typing stuff in the document, company is not appreciated.

“Whatcha writing?”

“Who’s saying that?”

“Why is that happening?”

I’m a little self-conscious about freshly typed words. Just, please don’t talk to me while I’m actually writing.


  • What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!


I’m a one handed typer, if that’s a writing habit. My other arm is either set determinedly across the desk, or propping up my chin. I sometimes listen to soundtracks or Piano Guys. But nothing with words that distract from the ones I’m already typing.


Hope you guys liked that! On to Cobalt.


  1. You’re on a deserted island, and you find a cave. What would you expect to find in it?


Expect and want are two different things. I’d want a helicopter. But as far as expecting… eh, probably some crabs, rocks and maybe a treasure map if I’m lucky.


  1. If you could have one superpower, which would you pick?


I have ice already, so that doesn’t count. One of my friends has invisibility and that would be pretty cool. I’d be uncatchable with pranks.


  1. What one song would you choose for the theme music for a movie about your life?


Rosey seems to use “Captain Haddock Takes the Oars” quite a bit for me. Or The Piano Guys. But I’m picking.

So, Tequila. Or Everything Is Awesome. It’s a tie.


  1. You can only wear one color for the rest of your life. What color would you pick?


I’ve pretty much already chosen blue. So this is not a very hard question.


  1. What’s one thing you want to do that’s wild, crazy, or unusual?


Just one?

Getting Jean to do a prank war. She’d be awesome, though I have yet to convince her of that.


  1. If you had to give a speech to the whole world for five minutes, what topic would it be about?


How we should invent a machine to slow down time and a time machine. It would be so inspiring that someone would go right off and invent it. Then I’d take those, go back in time to my speech, tell myself to wrap it up early and stretch the last couple minutes into an hour to give a speech about God.



  1. You get to have lunch with any three famous people, present or past! Who would you pick?


Oh, let’s see. I’ll go with bible characters here. Elijah the prophet… King David… and Jesus.

We’d go to King David’s place for lunch, since he’d have the best food.


  1. What is your favorite smell, and why?


The sea.

Because it’s awesome and salty and I don’t have to share it with all those people who think it smells like rotten seaweed.


  1. Share one of your favorite quotes.


Being optimistic isn’t always being happy. It’s taking what the world throws at you and saying ‘I’m not going to let this get me down’.


  1. Give us two true statements about yourself and one false statement, and see if your your author’s followers can guess which one is false.


  1. I was almost named Jonathan
  2. I like brussel sprouts.
  3. I remember my 3rd birthday


Well, that was fun.


So long guys!



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28 thoughts on “Beautiful Books 2 & Cobalt Takes a Tag

  1. My name is Celandiya Wyatt. Awesome!! I don’t really know how people can plan what they write. Me, I just go by the seat of my pants. I’ve started three books, but never actually finished them. One, by the way, which had a time machine in it, but I’m more of a short story, or long story in short little pieces type of girl, anyway. : )

    I would say the false statement is that you were almost named Jonathan. Way to generic for a creative type of person. : )

    1. Cool! That’s definitely awesome! One of my favorite authors goes by seat-of-the-pants. Ever heard of Sid Fliechman? I more like to plan so I get an idea of where I’m going, then I can relax and work with the humor and such. 😉
      Actually he was almost named Jonathan. It was one of my favorite names at the time when I started, and looking up cool sci-fi names hadn’t happened yet. 😛

      1. Oh, really?! (I used to like “Jonathan” as a potential baby name, but dropped it in favor of something cool like Tracy or Dixie. lol : P) So, what was the false statement then — brussel sprouts? : ) lol I like brussel sprouts, but most kids don’t! : P

        Sid Fliechman, no, I’ve never heard of him. Sorry! : ( What does he write about? : ) Have you ever heard of Tor Siedler? I really like him. Love his style! : )

        Oh, yes, I love humorous. I write for a newspaper and a magazine sometimes, and without humour, I would be just another, ordinary person. Humor is a gift that YHWH gave His children to make them set apart from other mundane boring people. I totally agree! haha

        By the way, I would love to get to know you personally! Do you think we can keep in touch via email? : )

        1. Actually, it was the third birthday one. There was a memory loss incident. 😉
          He writes a lot of different things. Mostly shorter books. The Whipping Boy and By The Great Horn Spoon are some of my faves.
          That’s awesome! What magazine? Humor is pretty fun. 🙂 I love hearing when some of my writing has made people laugh. 😉
          I’ll have to run it by my parents first. 🙂

          1. Ok, sure. But if you need to get my email address, Alyssa emailed it to you, I think, so you should have it. : P

            Well, the magazine was actually called KBR, or King’s Blooming Rose. Like to help girls and teens in their walk with Yeshua. But I wrote for it twice, and my articles were published online. Its been a couple of years, though! : )

            I like writing about anything and everything, as long as it goes in line with my beliefs. Actually, my novels and stuff like that is more humor. I don’t really let people read them until I’m done. And I never actually finished them, so no one’s ever really read them. haha I find the best way I can get stuff done is to do it in little chunks. I write in serial-form, rather than just sitting down and writing a whole huge chunk. : )

            I’m currently reading a book by Frank E. Peretti called “This Present Darkness” in reference to Ephesians 6:12, one of my favorite verses, ironically! : ) Its a Christian fiction novel about a blending between the spiritual world and the physical world, and the unveiling of (how Peretti views) God’s work in our lives through the work of His angels. Its one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, but its extremely heavy, and I wouldn’t recommend reading it before going to bed. : )

  2. Um… 3. Unless something has changed in your story that I haven’t gotten to yet, Cobalt? 😉
    I’m a bit of a pantser, myself. I generally know my general direction but then I’m like “WHOOO! WRITING! PLOT TWISTS! FUN! ooohhhhhh SHINY!!!” I’m sort of like the Tenth Doctor in that… I go “ooohhh! SHINY!!” and then go and catch the plot bunny and snuggle it until it bites me. 😛 Ow.
    Also, the PianoGuys are awesome! 😀

    1. Yep. Pfft, you read the book so you already know. 😛
      I get a bunch of unconnected scenes I want to use showing up in my mind, so I have to plan if I want to connect them. And plot bunnies can be written into the story plot as an afterthought. I’ve actually done it quite a few times. ;P
      I KNOW! 😀 Which songs are your favorites? I really like the LotR ones and All Of Me. 🙂

      1. He likes Brussels sprouts, though? That’s interesting. ;-P
        Ahhhh… yeah, that’s how I do it sometimes too… 😉 Though normally it’s more like an avalanche coming down at me.
        Cello Wars! X-D I love the LotR medley as well. And have you heard their “Bourne Vivaldi” and the “Mission Impossible” collaboration with Lindsey Stirling? “Rolling in the Deep” is just incredible!!! Oh, and somewhere on YouTube there’s still a video of their “O Fortuna.” Seriously, go check it out. 😀

        1. Actually, everyone in our family likes brussel sprouts. It had to pick up in at least one of my characters. 😉
          Yeah, and you’re like “Ah! Wait! I need to write these down!” XP
          Haven’t heard Bourne Vivaldi, but Mission Impossible and Rolling in the Deep are amazing! I think you actually linked the video on one of your posts, so I’ve seen it. 🙂 They’re so awesome!

          1. Huh. Well, as I’ve never had them. 😉 I know I don’t like cabbage, though.
            X-D IKR?!
            Also, I had sort of an interesting idea in a dream last night. It featured a secret agent leading a group of children to safety and a biological weapon basically stopping its hosts’ higher brain functions and manipulating them into madness and attacking other people over time… but the problem is that I don’t know how I’d write it because the subject matter is so dark. Also, I don’t want it to be just another zombie apocalypse story. In fact, I’d rather steer clear of zombies entirely. Reanimated corpses? That should be in the realm of evil wizards, not… whatever THAT is. Blegh.

          2. I didn’t have them for a very long time, thinking I didn’t like them. Then I had them and was like “These are what everyone is fussing about? These are great!” 😛
            That’s an amazingly complex plot for a dream. Yeah, I’d rather have intelligent henchmen as well as bad guys. Not just the zombies and all.

          3. Yup…. I just don’t feel comfortable with the genre… I guess I could make it a biological weapon that is hurting its makers as well and just turns people violent and drives them insane… that happens in the Real World too.

          4. Meh. It’s key to the story. (She calls the President halfway through to tell him that she might be a traitor/sleeper agent, and he confesses that he hasn’t told her the whole truth either…
            “Do you know what makes you so valuable as an agent, Agent LeMarne?”
            “My face, sir. People trust a young face.”
            “No, Calliope. That’s not it. It’s your determination… Stand in my place, Agent LeMarne. What would you have done? An agent with a perfect record, who has never failed a mission… who should have retired more than thirty years ago.”
            “You heard me, Agent. According to the records I received when I ascended to this office, while much of your work is still classified and only known to the men who ordered it, you have been in operation since the beginning of the Cold War. Think about it, Agent LeMarne. An agent who has never failed a mission, who never loses her edge… who is something of a blank slate, who will never ask for a holiday or the chance to retire–who hasn’t even begun to tire though she’s been working sixty years. What would you have done? It was a temptation… one I failed to resist.”
            Aaaaaand… silence. Voila! Major game-changer.

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